J’Something To Judge “My Kitchen Rules SA”

J’Something appointed as judge on M-Net’s new reality cooking show
Music star, restaurateur and celebrity chef to dig in and dish out critique and praise in My Kitchen Rules SA

Platinum award-winning singer and songwriter, restaurateur and acclaimed food enthusiast J’Something will be one of the two judges on M-Net’s sizzling new cooking reality show My Kitchen Rules SA! Based on the popular Australian format, which had M-Net 101 audiences glued to their screens in the channel’s daily reality slot recently, My Kitchen Rules South Africa will showcase a diverse range of local foodie pairs who will have to cook and entertain up a storm in order to go all the way to the final and win some fabulous prizes.

It will be up to J’Something and his fellow judge to navigate some choppy waters as 12 pairs of passionate South Africans put their reputations and their dining rooms on the line to wow with them with their flair for food. In a contest of sheer nerve, grit, determination and a whole lot of confidence, the teams of home cooks will have to serve up the hottest dishes in their homes on one pressure cooker night. Drama and tension will boil up; laughter and tears may erupt; and the timer will tick without mercy. With a big cash prize on offer, the knives are truly out. The judges as well as the final contestants will ultimately determine who stays and who gets the chop throughout the series.

“We are honoured that J’Something agreed to step into the role of judge on My Kitchen Rules SA,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “He embodies a home cook who was so passionate about food that he turned it into a career for himself. Not only will he be able to relate to the pairs of contestants on the show, but given his vast experience in front of the cameras as well as in countless kitchens around South Africa, he will be right at home at the dinner tables of My Kitchen Rules SA.”

J’Something (Joao Da Fonseca), who started his creative career as the lead singer of local house super group “Mi Casa”, recently showed off his love for food as the host of his own popular cooking show Something’s Cooking on M-Net’s sister channel Mzansi Magic. J’Something has also previously partnered with notable brands to execute campaigns captivating large audiences and is a regular feature at big culinary events such as The Good Food & Wine Show, headlining the event this year in three provinces with the likes of Michelin Star chefs Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Marco Pierre White, also featuring Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris and Sarah Graham.

“After being approached to appear on a variety of different television shows as a host, I have finally found a series that speaks to my heart and who I am: a show about home cooks,” says J’Something. “That’s ultimately who I am too; a home cook! I am looking for South Africans who take home cooking and give it a big helping of finesse. People who are passionate about food and people that can simply put love on a plate.”

My Kitchen Rules SA, which will be broadcast on M-Net later this year, promises to serve up all kinds of drama and delectable dishes in some serious pressure-cooker settings around South Africa. J’Something will be joined by another formidable name in the South African culinary world, whose identity will be revealed in the next few weeks. Open auditions for My Kitchen Rules South Africa will take place between 08:00 and 17:00 at the following venues:

Johannesburg – 27 May and 28 May
International Hotel School
4 Kikuyo road, Sunninghill, Sandton

Cape Town – 3 June and 4 June
International Hotel School
2nd Floor, 106 Adderley street, Cape Town

Durban – 3 June and 4 June
International Hotel School
124 Jan Hofmeyr road, Westville, Durban

South Africans auditioning for the show in these cities will have to prepare a cold dish of their choice to bring with them to their audition. For more information about this, as well as how to get a fast track at auditions and more Frequently Asked Questions, go to

My Kitchen Rules SA is produced for M-Net by Endemol Shine Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

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